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Y’all have no idea how excited I am to share Molly and Eric’s wedding with you today! I just adore this couple–Molly owns a super chic bridal salon, so you know the fashion at their wedding was on point, down to Eric’s custom Olia Zavozina tux and gold pin dot bow tie! While that was so lovely, Molly and Eric spoke straight to our hearts when they felt led to scratch planning a big wedding. Instead, they decided to move up their date and keep things as simple as possible, making their wedding a reflection of their love story and a time for friends to be with their loved ones. I also can’t help but love that they chose their first dance song (“Have a Little Faith In Me”) because of their “imperfect love story,” and as a reminder “to fight the good fight together.”

We’re so glad Annabella Charles shared this beautiful day with us in V7!

P.S. Lisa and I may have shared an ugly cry session after watching their proposal video–I highly suggest watching it, but grab your tissues first!

Aside from saying “yes” to my groom, choosing the dress was one of the easiest decisions in all of wedding planning. I didn’t even try it on before deciding it was, without a doubt, the one for me. Amahlia, designed by Maggie Louise designer, Rivini, was a part of Rita’s spring 2014 collection and embodied everything I had ever dreamed of wearing. I felt the top of the dress resembled my style, classic and more on the simple side, and the bottom matched Eric, who is more of a risk-taker and modern in his taste. When it walked down the runway that spring, we both looked at each other and knew it was everything I had hoped for.

What did the groom wear? Eric wore a custom tuxedo that he designed alongside Olia Zavozina, a wedding gown designer at Maggie Louise and a dear friend of ours. She took all of his ideas and created a masterpiece! Eric didn’t tell me a single detail about the tux and kept it a secret until the day of the wedding. The tux was solid black with modern twists. He chose a black bowtie with gold pin dots, my favorite detail!

We got engaged in September and originally began planning our wedding for October of the following year. After a few long discussions, we both knew that honoring God in our commitment to each other was far more important than a wedding day that would take us over a year to afford and plan. It was then that we decided to move up the date and keep things as simple as possible! We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony at Acre, so with the Southern heat in mind, we ruled out the summer months quickly, and landed on April 4, 2014. Our venue, Acre Restaurant in Memphis, is an older home that has been revamped into a very organic, rustic, chic restaurant venue. We knew we wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of our love story, and we wanted a ceremony that glorified God (not us). We didn’t fuss with having a bridal party or costly details. We simply wanted our friends to come with their loved one and let the night be a reminder of the love they share, all while enjoying a great meal, a few cocktails, and cutting loose for a bit. We began our Friday night at with a cocktail hour in the courtyard where we were getting married. As the ceremony approached at 6:30 P.M., our coordinator simply parted the sea of loved ones. Our families were escorted to the front and I walked down the cobblestone aisle on my father’s arm to “Til Kingdom Come” by Coldplay. After the ceremony, we kicked off the party with our first dance under the outdoor tent behind Acre, and spent the rest of the night getting smooth with Yacht Rock Revue.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. From Eric: Our officiant was Andy Savage from Highpoint Church in East Memphis, Tennessee. Andy “does a great wedding” (his famous quote), but an even better pre-marriage class. We graduated with honors. A special part for me was when he asked us to turn around at the beginning of the ceremony and gaze at how many friends/family came to support us. Man, that was a cool moment.

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Why was this design special to you as a couple? We allowed the beautiful venue to naturally set the tone for the design of our wedding. In order to keep everything under budget, this worked perfectly with our individual and non-traditional wedding styles.

The food was by far one of our favorite parts in all of wedding planning. Andrew Adams, the chef at Acre, spent months designing a custom menu for our wedding day that told the history of who Eric and I are and where we come from, including my family’s Southern roots from the Mississippi Delta and Eric’s Italian heritage reigning from Chicago. In our efforts to keep the night as fun and simple as possible, we felt it was key to let all of our vendors have fun with doing what they do best. Andrew went above and beyond to create the perfect menu for our night. Although we decided to forgo many wedding traditions, I couldn’t bear to pass on the cake cutting moment. A local cake designer and friend of mine, Laura Jackson (owner of The Flour Garden), surprised us with a small cake on the wedding day, and it was nothing less than a masterpiece. Eric and I cut it before the ceremony so I could have a few of those traditional, yet priceless, images.

Our first dance was to John Haitt’s “Have a Little Faith In Me,” sung by a dear friend of ours, who happened to serenade everyone the night of our engagement as well. I came across this song a few years ago and have always felt it was such a beautiful reflection of us. Eric and I have always been open books about our imperfect love story. Over the last four years of our dating relationship, we did a lot of growing both individually and as a couple. Even on the days when it wasn’t easy, we continued to place faith in the Lord and each other–which is all we need in order to fight the good fight together!

Date of your wedding: April 4, 2014
Tell us about yourselves! From Molly: I was raised a Mississippi girl and moved to Memphis for college. I fell in love with the city and decided that it was, without a doubt, the place for me. I worked for 7.5 years in the photography industry with Allison Rodgers Photography and fell in love with all things bridal behind the lens throughout the years. I graduated from the University of Memphis in 2010 with a business degree in Marketing and Management. Aside from living out my dreams at the bridal boutique, my lists of “hobbies” are short, but I love food, music, a good glass of wine, and traveling with my new husband. From Eric: My boss is on the cross. I’m proudly a janitor/handyman at Maggie Louise on off-days. I love to exercise, cook healthy, and keep my ducks in a row. I bake 15-minute chocolate chip cookies for 10 minutes. I hope you never get injured, but I would love to be your doctor one day. This is my first wedding questionnaire.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met seven years ago via a mutual friend at a bar on Beale Street, Silky O’Sullivan’s. I still remember the night, December 20, 2007, like it was yesterday–where I was sitting, the second I saw him, even down to the outfit I was wearing. We hit it off immediately and hung out periodically throughout college, but didn’t make it official until three years later. In May 2010, a few weeks before we both graduated from the University of Memphis, Eric said something along the lines of “I’m ready to be your boyfriend”… I said “No way,” of course. Obviously, I caved, and we’ve been together ever since!
Describe the proposal: We got engaged on September 7, 2013. Every year, Eric throws an outdoor party at his mom’s house–an all-day affair that is the adult version of every kid’s dream-come-true, complete with a homemade slip-and-slide, volleyball, jell-o wrestling, and a belly flop contest. The day went as planned and we spent the afternoon surrounded by our family and friends, enjoying the summer heat and shenanigans. At sundown, Eric’s mom asked me to ride with her to pick up dinner for all of our guests, and I reluctantly agreed, hesitant to leave behind all the excitement and loved ones. When I returned, I saw an enormous projector screen with Eric’s face and everyone holding champagne in their hands. The video began to play, and it was filled with flashes of family and friends holding signs that said “Say Yes,” and then Eric saying he wanted to spend his life with me. At the end of the video proposal, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his bride. Here is the video!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: From Eric: Honest, holy, honorable.
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your wedding? From Eric: Throwing a memorable, yet affordable, party for all of our friends to enjoy. I have champagne taste on a beer budget, and she has Jimmy Choo taste on a Target gift card budget.
Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets. We bypassed serving the traditional wedding cake and let Andrew have some fun with his culinary skills for the desserts. He came up with unique, homemade ice cream sandwiches and an assorted donut bar. The ice cream sandwiches included dark chocolate brownie with cookie dough ice cream, strawberry cheesecake ice cream stuffed in a candied croissant, and ice-cream-filled chocolate éclairs. The donut creations were blueberry cake donuts with lemon-vodka glaze, Reese’s Pieces donuts, cereal milk donuts topped with Frosted Flakes, and apple cider fritters.
What are you most looking forward to about marriage? Seeing God’s plans for us unfold throughout our lives together. There is so much unknown as to what is in store, but that is what makes everything so exciting. Eric has plans of going to medical school and living out his dreams as a surgeon. I’m thrilled to see where the Lord takes us and how he uses us, both individually and as a couple.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff!! Set your priorities together and don’t lose sight of them or the big picture. It is so easy to get caught up in the material aspects and expectations, but at the end of the day, people will remember seeing the happiness between you both.

Photographers: Allison Rodgers Photography, Annabella Charles Photography, Amy Dale Photography, and The Studio J / Videographer: 22 Magnolias / Coordinator: Simply Perfect Weddings & Events / Venue, caterer, and desserts: Acre Restaurant / Bride’s bouquet: Beth’s Flowers / Floral archway: Haute Horticulture / Wedding cake: The Flour Garden / Bride’s Gown: “Amahlia” by Rivini / Bridal salon: Maggie Louise Bridal / Bride’s veil: Erin Cole / Hair and makeup: Jena Bruback of Headlines Salon / Groom’s tuxedo: Olia Zavozina / Ceremony music: Jacob Zachary / Reception music: Yacht Rock Revue and Charvey Mac / Paper products: Kendyl Mounce

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Hannah Browning reply

    Wow! What is not perfect about this wedding? HER DRESS. Love

  2. avatar Debra Seger reply

    I dont know what pulled me to stop my busy life and read this beautiful story…..Im a grown woman crying of happiness for two people I have never met. Thank you for sharing, simply a beautiful story that inspired my day. Wishing you a continued life of joy!

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Wedding inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere, but we believe the best source of inspiration is always your own life and love story. Such was certainly the case for today’s gorgeous couple! Megan is a stylist who is passionate about fashion, so when she fell in love with the look of a Chanel runway show in Paris, she knew she wanted to bring that same “Parisian chic” style to her and Barnett’s Alabama wedding. Add that unique design aesthetic to a pair of sentimental venues, throw in a few extra-sweet details (don’t miss the story behind their heart monogram!), and you have a wedding that I imagine had Megan and Barnett’s guests proclaiming “so them!” In my opinion, that’s the best compliment a bride and groom can ask for.

Many thanks to Stephen DeVries for sharing this special day with us!

Barnett and I met over 10 years ago! I was a junior in high school and he was a sophomore. I first noticed his beautiful hair and the fact that he didn’t dress like the other guys at our school. As girls do, I told my best friends about my new crush…and they set out to fix me up with him! Lucky for us, my friend’s boyfriend was driving Barnett home from school, and before I knew it, I was the one taking him–it was the perfect excuse to talk to him! Long story short, Barnett and I started dating, and the remainder of my time in high school was made perfect with Barnett in my life. We ended up going our separate ways for college, but reconnected four years ago on my birthday. Barnett texted me out of the blue wishing me happy birthday and inviting me to lunch. We got to know one another again and both admitted that we had never gotten over one another. The rest is history!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. As a a stylist, I work with wedding gowns often and have seen my fair share of divine dresses. While I have loved so many of the gowns I’ve had the pleasure of working with, it wasn’t until I spotted Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl’s pale blue, long-sleeve Elie Saab wedding gown that I knew I wanted that style of dress for our special day. My friend, Brooke Mason of Ivory and White, was able to order a dress straight off of the Monique Lhuillier runway with a similar feel and look. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one! I changed the dress slightly to suit my silhouette with a shorter sleeve and a slightly lower neckline than the runway sample. All in all, I couldn’t have been more ecstatic to have found a wedding dress that reflected my style so perfectly.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Barnett and I did have a first look, and I’m thrilled we made that decision. We both have wonderfully large families, and therefore wanted to enjoy the time taking pictures together prior to the ceremony. After our ceremony, we were both so happy to hop on the shuttle with our friends and enjoy our night together.

Confession: I shrieked out loud at the sight of their two adorable bichon frisés! My dog is a bichon too, so I have a soft spot for these fluffy pups! :)

Both venues hold a special place in our hearts. Barnett’s family has been attending the church where we were married for generations. We both practically grew up at our reception venue, the Country Club of Birmingham–from long days swimming in the pool every summer as kids, to their delicious meals at Sunday brunch, to special dances and events throughout high school and college. We truly love both of our venues and cherish all of our memories there.

Describe your wedding flowers. My flowers were inspired by a Chanel haute couture fashion show in Paris. I wanted the arrangements to be understated, yet elegant–“Parisian chic,” if you will. Sybil Sylvester was just the person to help me achieve the perfect wedding flowers! We used deep reds, creams, lavender, and a hint of gold.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Barnett’s mother is a beautiful artist. On every single birthday or holiday card she has given us over the years, she draws a sweet heart with an arrow through it on the envelope. I surprised Barnett by having her draw one of her hearts with our initials inside it. I then worked with my vendors to take the drawing and convert it into stickers for the popcorn boxes, napkins, and a light that shined on the outside of the country club that greeted our guests upon arrival.

I have two most memorable moments from our wedding day: first and foremost, standing at the altar with Barnett and seeing all of our friends and family surrounding us was surreal and life changing. The second moment would have to be dancing with all of our friends to our incredible band, especially when the band pulled me on stage and I danced alongside them!

Tell us all about the proposal! Our very first date at age 16 was at a local Thai restaurant. Nearly 10 years after our first date, after a long week of work for both of us, Barnett suggested we order takeout from that same Thai spot. After dinner, he informed me that they had messed up his order and had given him a free piece of chocolate cake. I didn’t blink twice and took the box with the cake in it. Upon opening it, I realized there was no cake inside, but rather, a beautiful emerald green ring box. The next few moments are a complete blur, as I couldn’t stop crying, smiling, and telling him how happy I was. After the proposal, Barnett had planned a wonderful evening visiting with our families, drinking champagne, and celebrating!
When did y’all get married? November 2, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 550
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Barnett and I chose Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” as our first dance song. It holds a special place in our hearts, as it became “our song” when we were 16. Every time we went to my family’s lake house, we would just sit on the dock, looking up at the stars and enjoying that song.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had two wedding cakes–one was a traditional wedding cake that was kept very understated and elegant. It was topped with winter berries and dried pomegranates. Our other wedding cake was a traditional French wedding cake, a croquembouche.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was my emerald and diamond drop earrings from Bromberg’s. My something blue was the inside lining of my Christian Louboutin heels. My something old was my great-grandmother’s birdcage hat that I wore when we left the reception. My something new was my dress!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? On the day of your wedding, don’t let anything stress you out or ruin your day. I made a conscious decision to not let anything bother me and it made the entire experience so joyful and relaxing!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We’re six months into being married, and it just keeps getting better and better! Barnett and I currently live in Birmingham with our precious bichons, Rosie and Joey. We are excited to continue to grow as a couple, and travel lots over the next few years. It’s off to a great start, thanks to our incredible honeymoon in Bali!

Photographer: Stephen DeVries / Videographer: Kinora Films / Planner: The Major Event / Ceremony Venue: Independent Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue and Catering: The Country Club of Birmingham / Florist: Wildflower Designs / Wedding Cake: Barb’s Cakes / Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited / Lighting: Design Productions / Band: Jessie’s Girls with East Coast Entertainment / Calligraphy: Jan Pruitt / Napkins: Scribbler / Heart Logo: Suzanne Chenoweth / Bride’s Gown: “Candice” by Monique Lhuillier / Bridal Salon: Ivory & White / Paper Products: Press Charming / Bride’s Earrings: Bromberg’s Fine Jewelry / Bridal Salon and Veil: Ivory & White / Hair Stylist: Mandie Joelle Powell of Joelle Salon / Makeup Artist: Christopher Magidson with Laura Mercier / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Men’s Tuxedos: Mr. Burch / Groom’s Bow Tie: Billy Reid / Groom’s Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    I’m not surprised your fashion choices were gorgeous, Megan, but it deserves to be said! Your gown is absolutely lovely, and I adore your bridesmaid dresses, too!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    2 bichons, such a lucky couple!

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